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Certain professions have higher divorce rates

The national divorce rate average hovers around 35 percent of all marriages. However, a study using 2015 data from the American Community Survey suggests that some married couples in Michigan are more likely to get divorced than others. One factor that plays a significant role in determining whether a couple stays together is the spouses' occupations.

Understanding how alimony payments can be deducted

Alimony is often ordered in Michigan divorce cases when one spouse has been the primary wage earner throughout the marriage. If alimony is ordered or agreed upon, the payments may be tax deductible. However, the orders or agreements must adhere to the parameters outlined by the Internal Revenue Service.

Student loans linked to surge in prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements have become far more common in Michigan and around the country in recent years according to a 2016 survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The association's members say that requests for prenuptial agreements have increased by 61 percent over the last three years, but they also point out that the reasons given by couples for wanting one have changed.

Study uncovers high divorce rate among military personnel

Michigan residents may be surprised to learn that what spouses do for a living can influence their chances of remaining married. Researchers from the career information company Zippia used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to track divorce rates among various occupations, and they found that working in the military can be hard on married life. Military jobs took the top three places in Zippia's ranking of occupations with the highest risk of divorce by the age of 30, and first-line enlisted supervisors topped the list with a divorce rate of 30 percent. First-line enlisted supervisors lead and coordinate combat operations.

Immigration status leads to child custody decisions

Michigan residents might have strong feelings about the topic of immigration, but this issue is especially concerning to families who must face the thought of separation when it comes to illegal immigrant parents and their children. Since the election of President Trump, many families have begun selecting guardians who can take care of their offspring in the event that the parents are deported.

How to help a child understand divorce

Divorce can be an emotional event for any Michigan residents to go through. However, as difficult as it can be for an adult, the end of a marriage can be just as hard on any children estranged parents may have. To ease a child's mind, parents should be upfront and honest about what is going on. Children should also be assured that their parents still love them.

Reasons a gray divorce may occur

Michigan couples who have been married for more than 30 years may have seen the headlines reporting that divorce rates for those over the age of 50 have continued to climb. While the number of divorces for those over the age of 50, called gray divorces, have risen, the risk of divorce is not the same across all demographics.

When a parent can request a child custody modification

When a Michigan court finalizes a child custody arrangement, it is generally set unless there are a certain reasons the order needs to change. It should be noted that the court will rarely change the child custody arrangement if it is working well for everyone involved, though there are a specific set of circumstances when a modification may be appropriate.

Child support obligations for disabled parents

When Ann Arbor parents of young children end their marriages, the non-custodial parents will normally be ordered to pay child support. This is to ensure that custodial parents have the money they need to raise their children. A question often arises as to what happens if a noncustodial parent become disabled.

Dealing with children's emotions during a divorce

Michigan parents who are ending their marriage should try to talk to thei children together when they tell them about the divorce. The right timing may make the process less difficult. March and August are the most popular times to file for divorce. The former month allows parents to deal with many aspects of the divorce while the children are in school while the latter month may give parents the opportunity to spend more time with their children.

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